Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 23 September 2004 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 21 September 2004 at 15:54.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2004 after 5 days on 28 September 2004 at 13:09.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 58 of Meeus index or 1011 from Brown series.
Length of current 58 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 40 minutes longer than next lunation 59 length.
Length of current synodic month is 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠269.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠302.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
1 day after point of perigee on 22 September 2004 at 21:12 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 October 2004 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 364 454 km (226 461 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 328 km (251 238 mi).
5 days after its descending node on 17 September 2004 at 14:51 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 30 September 2004 at 13:30 in ♈ Aries.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 22 September 2004 at 02:36 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.958°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.020° in the next northern standstill on 5 October 2004 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 28 September 2004 at 13:09 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.